Difference Between an EMS & EMT

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The acronyms EMS and EMT have been used interchangeably within society, but both reference two separate entities. EMS stands for Emergency Medical Services and EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician.

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According to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, EMTs work within the EMS Department, providing emergency mobile patient care.

EMTs work within the EMS Department.
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There are five levels of EMT providers: first responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate 1985, EMT-Intermediate 1999, and paramedic, declares the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These levels are achieved through various trainings and certifications.

There are five levels of EMT providers.
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EMS is involved in all levels within the EMT community to organize consistency throughout a state for proper emergency care and transport.

EMS is involved in all levels within the EMT community.
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Primarily, EMTs arrive at an emergency scene, along with police and firefighters, and give first aid to those that cannot be transported to a hospital unless treated immediately.

EMTs arrive at an emergency scene and give first aid to those that can't be transported to a hospital unless first treated.
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EMS is also responsible for a state’s poison control policies, ensuring the health of residents by providing information and saving lives in case of possible poisoning, remarks the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.

EMS is also responsible for a state's poison control policies.
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